Bucks Mourn Loss of Wes Pavalon, an Original Founder and Owner of Team

12/12/09

Wesley Pavalon

Wes Pavalon, one of the original founders and owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, died Saturday in West Bend, WI after illness.  Pavalon helped form the ownership group, Milwaukee Professional Sports and Services, which obtained the original National Basketball Association franchise which began play in 1968.

A moment of silence was held prior to Saturday’s Bucks home game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Services are pending.

Senator Herb Kohl, Bucks President comments:

"Wesley Pavalon was a Milwaukeean who loved basketball. His enthusiasm and persistence were critical to acquiring and establishing the Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. The Bucks organization and our family of fans will always appreciate his efforts. Our prayers go to his family and friends."

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar comments:

"Wes Pavalon was an incredible human being who greatly loved the game of basketball and his adopted home of Wisconsin. He made it possible for the hoop fans in Wisconsin to have World Championship basketball in their backyard. He made friends very easily, especially within my family. My mom felt his warmth and generosity first hand and considered him a family friend from the first time she met him. It is rare in the world of professional sports to have the privilege of knowing an owner and administrator who’s also someone you consider to be a family friend. I will miss him greatly and I send my thoughts and prayers to his family."